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Institute of Advanced Motorists And Motorcyclists

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The freedom of riding your bike is one life’s great pleasures and is something to be encouraged.

But regardless of whether you’re new to the bike, returning after a break or have many years experience, our advanced riding courses can make you a better rider and bring even greater enjoyment to your ride.

Advanced Riding Courses

Why become an advanced rider?

The statistics speak for themselves – in a recent IAM study, participants said that after joining the IAM and completing the Skills for Life course:

Getting started

It all starts with a quick call or email to Helen, our Group Secretary, to register your interest.

Alternatively, we meet almost every Sunday morning at St Michaels Street petrol station at 10am – please pop along for a chat to one of our observers to find out more about joining up as an associate member.


Email – dumfries@groups.iam.org.uk

Call – 07707 035518

Gradually as the weeks have passed I have subconsciously adopted the techniques, which come from being an advanced driver. Some of these techniques I have to admit I have not enjoyed or seen the necessity in adopting, for instance the continual commentary which accompanies a drive. I have struggled with this technique as my Observer will testify and came home regularly to complain about it, but in this case I seem to be wrong. I now see the benefits of commentating, as it helps keep your concentration whilst driving, which is of course essential. It may take time as I am sure you all understand since it is a difficult technique to pick up and adopt easily, but I know it will be beneficial to my driving in the long term.

Another technique essential to being an advanced driver is the planned system of driving, which once understood and memorised becomes an automatic response in dealing with any hazard. This five point system: information, position, speed, gear and acceleration, when applied, come as close as possible to a fool proof system at avoiding hazards. However, yet again I admit this system of driving has not come as naturally or as quickly to me as I had hoped, but I know it is crucial and I will continue to persevere.”

Lucy


- Lucy
 
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